There are times when we are so worn down, so tired, so demoralized, that we have no idea what to say to God. At these times, we may not even be sure that God is there. If we had the energy we would shout. If we had the energy we might cry out with the … Continue reading You Are Not Abandoned. Here’s How I Know.
When I was a child, prayer came naturally. Like most children, I just spoke with God. But then I became a sophisticated teenager. Relationships suddenly became vast forests of mystery and complex interactions. Every conversation was pregnant with both pitfalls and opportunities. I discovered, as we all do when we leave childhood behind, that people … Continue reading Pray Like A Jazz Soloist – It’ll Set You Free
I’ll confess it; prayer is difficult. After hearing the carefully crafted prayers of professional religionists, I used to despair, thinking “I’ll never be able to talk like that.” Then, I became one of those professional religionists, and that didn’t make it better. I felt like people expected neo-Shakespearian prose from me when I prayed. I … Continue reading These 4 Books Helped Me Discover New Depths Of Prayer
Admit it, theology looks boring. Those thick books, rife with unpronounceable german words strung together in small print, they’re intimidating. If we summon the courage to heft one of these tomes off the shelf and peruse the pages, we find prose that sounds more pedantic than poetic. We quickly find ourselves adrift in a sea … Continue reading Theology MUST Lead To Doxology (Meditation on Ephesians 1:3-14)
“It’s not about you; It’s all about God” That’s supposed to be the comforting message of Ephesians 1? Yes. It’s comforting because of a second foundational truth: God is very fond of His children. He’s “…blessed us with every spiritual blessing…” (Eph 1:3) Which means what? First there is the blessing of being chosen (Eph … Continue reading 5 Blessings That Come From God’s Fondness For You. (Meditation on Ephesians 3:1-10 part 2)
Get this one insight, and other things fall into place. Understand this one insight, and life becomes much more straightforward. I don’t mean it gets easier. There will always be struggle, difficulty and pain. Anyone who promises you freedom from struggle, difficulty, and pain is selling you something. But this one insight, if you are … Continue reading The Most Practical Insight Christianity Has To Offer (Meditation on Ephesians 1:3-10 part 1)
Ours is an era of suspicion. Don’t take my word for it; read this Nov 30, 2013 article from the Associated Press about their poll of Americans, asking how much they trust their fellow citizens. The results tempt me to fear for the Republic. Now, nearly 2/3 of the American public says they really can’t … Continue reading What Is The Holy Spirit Up To? A Wealth Of Gifts For The Common Good
The Holy Spirit will guide you in all truth (John 16:13)How does that work?Subtly, I think. I’ve listened to friends tell stories about powerful visitations of the Holy Spirit. Inevitably the tale begins with, “Now, promise me you won’t think I’m crazy.” Then comes the account: an angelic visitation at a young man’s bedside, a … Continue reading Sanctified Intuition – the Holy Spirit At Work
My friend Tim Fary told me once, “We Calvinists really love God the Father a lot; we like Jesus the Son; but the Holy Spirit is a total stranger.”It’s only funny because it rings so true.Fix your attention on some other group of American Christianity, and I’ll wager you’ll find a similar engrossment with one … Continue reading How Many Christians Are Functional Unitarians?
Growing up in the Bible Belt, I would from time to time feel pressure from my well intentioned Christian friends. “You need to be more aggressive in evangelism.” “There are lost souls all about us” “Jesus calls all his disciples to evangelism, it’s a matter of obedience.” Freely, I admit that I resented such pressure. … Continue reading Evangelism is NOT Multilevel Marketing!